Ever since the Green Bay Packers traded up in the 2020 NFL Draft to take Jordan Love, many people have assumed the worst concerning their relationship. Many believed that like Brett Favre, Rodgers would not be very open to mentoring his replacement. When asked how he was going to mentor Rodgers, Favre famously said, “It is not my job to mentor Aaron Rodgers.” Rodgers, however, has been much more welcoming and helpful to the young quarterback. When asked about his relationship with the three-time MVP, Jordan Love said:
Jordan Love on his relationship with Aaron Rodgers: "Master and padawan kind of thing."
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) August 5, 2021
This Star Wars reference would indicate that Rodgers has taken a very hands-on role in the development of Jordan Love. He is teaching Love everything that he knows and helping him to become a better football player.
So far this training camp, many onlookers have noticed how much better Love’s footwork is. As a result, his play is looking much better than it did last training camp. Love attributes this, too, to his work with Rodgers:
not long after attributing his footwork to being one of the reasons why he’s improving in year two, jordan love essentially says watching the details in aaron rodgers’ footwork — and what rodgers has been teaching him — has been where he’s absorbed the most knowledge.
— zach jacobson (@itszacharyj) August 5, 2021
Rodgers Cares More About Love as a Person
Not only is Aaron Rodgers committed to making Jordan Love a better player, he also cares about him as an individual. Despite not being thrilled that the Packers drafted a quarterback in the first round last year, Rodgers made it a point to text the young pick and congratulate him on being drafted.
This kindness has not stopped since that first interaction. Throughout last season, Rodgers mentored Love on the practice field. This offseason, Rodgers was infamously involved in a standoff with the front office. Many, again, blamed the drafting of Jordan Love for the issue. Of course, as Rodgers as clarified many times, this is not about Jordan Love the person. To make sure that Love himself knew that, Rodgers checked up on him many times during the offseason.
Aaron Rodgers was calling Jordan Love during the offseason to check in on him. He’s letting Randall Cobb stay at his place in Green Bay.
That’s character. That’s leadership. pic.twitter.com/4s7EP63oOU
— IKE Packers Podcast (@IKE_Packers) August 4, 2021
The fact of the matter is that no one really knows what the future holds for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay beyond 2021. Maybe he stays. Maybe he goes. Regardless of what decision he makes, he has taken steps to mentor Jordan Love and is involved in his coaching and development. Rodgers got to where he is without much help from Brett Favre. Jordan will not be able to say the same about Aaron Rodgers.
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